My favourite money making websites

Last week I published a post featuring all my favourite cashback apps and this week I want to share some of the ways I earn money online as well. These have been great ways to earn little bits of money here and there which have allowed us to purchase bits and pieces for our new house over the last few months.

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Topcashback

This is my favourite website for all things cashback and whenever I make an online purchase, I always check the site to see if they offer a cashback deal first and then go via them if they do. Since becoming a member I have earnt over £500 in cashback from my purchases and have included things like; booking a holiday, buying my home insurance, purchasing my new phone and even buying clothes or groceries.

Some of my biggest earners came from:

  • £200 from re-doing our life insurance online
  • £25.25 from booking a holiday
  • £50.50 from home insurance
  • £27 from a furniture purchase

It requires no extra effort and is a great way to earn yourself some money back on the purchases you were going to make anyway.

E-Rewards

I have been doing surveys on this site for 18 months now and earnt around £80 of Amazon vouchers from it. The points rewards are very generous for the surveys that you do complete and if you get zoned out of the survey, you still get some points for doing the qualification part. You get what you put it in with this one so it’s worth getting the email notifications for the surveys so that you are notified when one goes live. I’ve found recently by staying on top of them as they come in, I’ve built up my rewards balance far quicker and been able to redeem a lot more.

Quidco

Quidco is another cashback site that works exactly like Topcashback. They generally offer cashback on the same companies but every so often you will find one that doesn’t and one that does. I check both sites usually to see which has the best cashback rate on it so I know I am maximising my purchase. This one works with the clicksnap app that I mentioned in my previous post as all your cashback from that will be pooled into your Quidco account for withdrawal, so definitely worth having this one as well if not just for that reason.

Ebay

This might seem like a really silly one but the last few months I’ve followed more and more instagrammers who do ebaying as a business whether it be part time or full time. Now I’m not looking to turn it into a business but it did make me realise that we have a lot of stuff in the house that can be sold. Now that we are on the countdown to moving we are also doing lots of de-cluttering so Ebay is getting utilised as much as possible. In the last few months I’ve probably made around £250-£300 which I think is fantastic for just getting rid of stuff in the home.

Other than the 4 websites I’ve mentioned, I don’t really use any others at the moment but if you think I’m missing any good ones then feel free to let me know in the comments.

Thanks for reading

Laura x

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My Favourite Cashback/Money Making Apps

It’s been over 3 months since my last post and I won’t lie; I 100% lost my love for blogging hence the silence. In that time, I’ve been on holiday to Kos, started an incredible job that means I have a better home life balance and found my mojo again when it comes to writing. Gone are the days of me writing about skincare (not completely but for now I don’t have the passion for it) and hello, money saving, money making and general lifestyle.

Whilst on holiday I did a poll asking if anyone wanted me to share my favourite cashback or money making apps and the answer was a unanimous yes (good news because I was going to write one anyway). So here it is people and let me know in the comments if you think I’ve missed any other good apps out.

Shopmium

I’ve been using this app for a while and the basics of the app is a way to get freebie products or money off products making them cheaper. It’s a really simple app to use and the steps to claim your cashback goes as follows:

  • Select which products you want to buy, check which store they can be found in and purchase.
  • Scan the barcodes of the products and scan the receipt into the app itself by selecting the piggy bank icon.
  • Once confirmed the money will be sent to your paypal account which you will have linked up when setting up your profile.
  • Really easy steps and I’ve had money as quickly as 48 hours later before back in my account.
*Post contains referall codes*

If you want to use this app yourself and have a go at getting some freebies then you can use my referral code t5j4z which will get you a free tub of Nutella to claim once signed up.

Shoppix

This is an app I discovered that you can earn vouchers from by uploading pictures of your receipts. I have been using this app since I went back to work in September and have already cashed out a £5 voucher and have earnt enough points for a £10 voucher already. I’m working towards a £20 voucher instead so I haven’t cashed anything out yet.

Enlightly

This is a survey app that pops up randomly with questions for you to answer. Once you hit 50 questions answered you get a £2.50 reward and then when you hit 100 questions you get a £7.50 bonus. Minimum payout threshold is £5 but since downloading it a couple of months ago I have cashed out £20 already.

Receipt Hog

This works exactly the same as Shoppix so I generally bulk upload receipts to the 2 apps but you have to upload them within a 7 day period of the transaction. The rewards aren’t as high as Shoppix so this has taken longer to build up balance wise but I’m working towards a £10 voucher on this one.

Clicksnap from Quidco

This is a fab app for cashback on grocery purchases and has given me a chance to try foods/drinks that I wouldn’t normally have purchased by swapping them for my usual ones. The benefit to this app is the payout is very fast, usually within a couple of days as it goes through your Quidco account for payout. I have used this one and CheckoutSmart (another app with the same concept) however CheckoutSmart has a minimum payout threshold of £20 otherwise there is a 5% fee. ClickSnap does not incur a fee.

GreenJinn

This is another cashback app for groceries and has offers across Tesco, Waitrose and Sainsbury’s. Like the other shopping apps, you select your purchases then take a photo of your receipt to claim your cashback. This is a fantastic app for everyday grocery offers and does give cashback on Method cleaning products which is a big thing as we all know with the cleaning world right now.

So that’s it really in terms of my most used cashback or money saving apps. I’m planning another post regarding my best online money making sites which will come in the next couple of weeks but as I said at the start of my post; feel free to leave me any comments with apps I might be missing out on.

Laura x

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How to Create an Atmosphere in Your Home

If you’ve ever wandered around a furniture store, longing to sink into the nearest comfy sofa, you’ll know what we mean by atmosphere. It’s something interior designers have been nailing for years – that certain something that makes a room feel a certain way.

There are so many ways you can create the vibe you want in your home. Here are just a few ideas.

Consider the colour

Okay, so this is an obvious suggestion to start off with, but it’s an important one. For example, if you want to create a relaxing ambiance, vibrant red or yellow won’t do the job; but if you’re looking for a fun, invigorating space, then they’re great colours to choose.

Generally speaking, deep reds, browns and purples create a rich, inviting atmosphere. Blues and greens are calming colours. Anything bright is going to make people feel uplifted. And white is the perfect blank canvas if you want to focus on furniture and fabrics instead.

Alternatively, you could go for a huge mural – it’s a great focal point, and immediately makes a room more interesting.

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What about textures?

The texture of furniture can totally change the feeling of a room. Rough wood (for example) gives a more cosy, rural atmosphere, whereas polished, smooth wood feels more luxurious.

As for those soft furnishings? If you want to create a living area that makes people want to blissfully relax, faux fur or velvet cushions are ideal. Big, deep sofas will also create a more laid-back ambiance, whereas high-backed, shallow sofas are more ‘social’ and upbeat.

Introduce period elements

A few period items, like a Victorian fireplace (reclaimed ones are excellent if you’re on a budget and don’t mind cleaning it up) or fake beams can transform a room. Fake brick walls are also amazing; they make a space look homely and welcoming. Likewise, wallpaper can make a room feel completely different too.

Think about the flooring

The floor often gets overlooked when thinking about how to create mood in your home. However, it can make a big difference. Bare floorboards are rustic and inviting, and polished dark floorboards are sophisticated. A big fluffy rug immediately makes the space feel more cosy, and a thick carpet adds warmth and comfort.

Get all the senses involved

The visual elements of the room are very important. But make sure you don’t forget to appeal to the other senses too. For example, lots of tactile fabrics like velvet and satin add opulence and mystery. A fire crackling away merrily can evoke lots of powerful memories, which immediately creates a welcoming atmosphere.

You shouldn’t forget scent either. Lavender is wonderful for relaxation, whereas citrus smells are good for reinvigoration. Perfumes provide good inspiration – sites like Copycat Fragrances have some great scented candles too.

Experiment, experiment, experiment!

Sometimes, it takes a while to get the room looking and feeling right. You might need to play around with the layout and the décor. This is all part of the process – so enjoy it! Eventually you’ll hit on the perfect atmosphere and then your house will really start to feel like a home.

Laura x

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